Resources Drilling and Blasting
Courses & Descriptions

Courses

Semester 1

  • College Communications for Environmental Science COMM0044

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This first semester course will introduce students to the essential communication skills required to be successful in their chosen post-secondary program. These skills include reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking. Students, individually and in teams, will improve their overall communication skills through a series of written assignments, in-class discussions based on readings, and lab activities. Emphasis will also be place on developing research skills, with assignments integrated closely with other common first semester courses.

  • Ecosystem Skills ECOS0013

    Units/ Hours: 60

    This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

  • Geospatial Techniques GEOM0036

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to introduce students to spatial concepts and mapping. Students will learn to read and understand maps commonly used in the industry today, collect spatial data using modern methods, use and integrate data using a Geographic Information System, and apply recognized cartographic standards to create maps for use in their field of study.

  • Applied Mathematics in Natural Resource Sciences MATH0063

    Units/ Hours: 52

    This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

  • Ecology and Environment ENVR0020

    Units/ Hours: 60

    Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.

  • Skills for Stewardship and Sustainability NATR0008

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.

Semester 2

  • Technical Reporting COMM0034

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Successful communicators use knowledge, skills and strategies to create effective messages for a range of audiences and contexts. This course emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving to meet communication challenges in today?s workplace. Students will refine technical writing, communication skills and presentation techniques through a variety of assignments, assessments and hands-on practice.

  • Geotechnical Drilling GEOL0016

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to the soil testing and site investigation industry. Drill rig components, operation, servicing, maintenance and repair, drilling practices, and solving down-hole problems will be discussed. Standard procedures and safe work practices required to conduct the various sampling and testing techniques will be gained through hands-on experience in operating labs.

  • Air Rotary Drilling GEOL0073

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to teach air rotary/water well drilling methods, applications, and techniques. Well design, development, hole advancement, and casing installation technology will be discussed and demonstrated. Strict compliance with the Ontario Water Resources Act R.S.O. 1990 is expected as well as safety.

  • Rig Maintenance and Repair MECH0050

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to the operating characteristics, maintenance schedules, and repair of the many types of gasoline and diesel engines, pumps and air compressors found on drilling and accessory equipment. Particular emphasis will be placed on safety when working around equipment, and the proper selection and safe use of hand tools. Documentation of labs is encouraged through the use of a daily log or notebook.

  • Soil Studies I NATR0041

    Units/ Hours: 21

    The Common Lecture/Lab portion of the Soil Studies course provides an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of soils. Students develop skills in the identification and classification of soil, physical and index properties, textures, soil moisture, soil porosity, and other aspects of soil science using a variety of field and laboratory methods.

  • Data Management for Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences COMP0461

    Units/ Hours: 45

    In this course, the student will use information technology tools to manipulate data from a variety of disciplines within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. This course will include data collection methods and strategies to effectively manage environmental and natural resource science data.

  • Soil Studies II (Resources Drilling & Blasting) NATR0085

    Units/ Hours: 21

    Soil Studies II course for the Resources Drilling and Blasting Technician Program introduces students to hydrogeologic profiling, ground water pumping methodology and transmissivity calculations, sample analysis, gravel pack sizing, screen size determination, bentonite based drilling fluids and basic principles of surveying. Throughout the course analytical skills will be developed that are typical of site development and environmental studies.

  • General Education Elective

    Course Number: GENED

    All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

    Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

    Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

    You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

    See this page for a list of approved General Education Courses at Fleming College.

Semester 3

  • Field Operations APST0026

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to allow students to obtain program-related experience while working off-campus in the public or private sectors of the workforce. It also provides students with an opportunity to apply existing knowledge and gain new insights in the drilling industry.

  • Environmental Drilling GEOL0008

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course provides the technical skills required to work in the environmental drilling industry. Working practices at hazardous sites, monitoring well installations, and common soil sampling and testing procedures will be presented with hands-on practical training. Grout types and procedures for grouting and hole abandonment will also presented.

  • Horizontal Directional Drilling GEOL0018

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to the horizontal directional drilling industry. Topics will include safety, planning, tracking electronics, and drill fluids. Techniques to maximize boring and back-reaming will be presented in both theoretical and practical learning situations.

  • Well Construction GEOL0074

    Units/ Hours: 60

    This course covers applications and the operation of rotary air and fluid drilling systems in overburden and rock conditions. All theory and applications will be reinforced in actual hands-on drilling labs, with a strong emphasis on safety and efficient drilling practices.

  • Drilling Pump Systems MECH0009

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to centrifugal and displacement pump theories, applications, selection, and sizing. Emphasis will be placed on pumps used for directional drilling and related drilling industries. Safe work habits, effective communication, and the proper use of hand and power tools and personal protective equipment are always stressed.

  • Hydraulics MECH0032

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This one-semester lecture and laboratory course provides students with a basic understanding of drilling hydraulic systems. Topics will include open and closed centre hydraulic systems, gear, vane and piston pumps, motors, directional control valves, lines, hose assemblies and fittings, cylinders, packing and seals, reservoirs, and filtering devices. Students will also be introduced to preventative maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

  • Career Mapping & Development COMM0181

    Units/ Hours: 38

    In this course students will learn about the process of career development and planning in Natural Resources, which includes self-assessment, career mapping and job market research. Students will also participate in effective interview experiences and the development of a career portfolio.

  • General Education Elective

    Course Number: GENED

    All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

    Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

    Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

    You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

    See this page for a list of approved General Education Courses at Fleming College.

Semester 4

  • Construction Drilling GEOL0072

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to the construction drilling industry. Topics will include driving foundations, drilled piles, specialty piles, piled walls, and load testing. This course will be presented in both theoretical and applied learning situations, with a strong emphasis on safety and efficient drilling practices.

  • Diamond Core Drilling GEOL0006

    Units/ Hours: 45

    The objective of this course is to instruct students in core drilling as applied to any one of the drilling industries. Topics will include operation, servicing, preventive maintenance, and repair of core drilling equipment and pumps. Techniques to maximize footage, core recovery, and bit performance will be presented in both theoretical and practical learning situations.

  • Rock Studies I GEOL0060

    Units/ Hours: 21

    Rock Studies I course expands on the identification of rocks and minerals. Engineering properties of rock will be taught, along with their association with blasting and drilling. Students will be introduced to Construction Drilling, develop skills in the identification of rocks and minerals, cover the basic principles of surface and structural geology and how these properties affect drilling and blasting and how the driller or blaster may adapt to various geological conditions.

  • Blasthole Drilling GEOL0046

    Units/ Hours: 30

    This course introduces students to various applications, operating theories, and working principles of hydraulic rock drills and air compressors. Safe work habits, cleanliness, organization, documentation, effective communication, and personal protective equipment will be stressed.

  • Blasting GEOL0047

    Units/ Hours: 15

    This course is an introduction to using commercial explosives for rock blasting in the quarry and construction industries. The course includes skills for explosive product selection and blast pattern design according to field conditions and expected rock fragmentation. There is a strong emphasis on safe working practices and procedures for blasting in a surface mine and on construction projects.

  • Advanced Hydraulics and Rig Maintenance MECH0003

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This is an advanced course consisting of hands-on applications of maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of industry-related engines, hydraulic, electrical and drive systems.

  • Rock Studies II (RDB) GEOL0061

    Units/ Hours: 21

    Rock Studies II course for the Resources Drilling and Blasting Technician Program introduces students to common lectures covering Maps, Plans and Geological Drafting; Rock Drillability; Quarry Investigation; Geology and the Environment; Compressive Strength of Rock; Geology and Blasting and Overcoming Downhole Problems. The labs introduce students to using and understanding GPS for drilling, calculating drillability, interpreting the cross section of a drill core, setting up a packer test and using the data to calculate permeability and logging a core hole.

  • Quarry Camp - Drilling APST0115

    Units/ Hours: 40

    This hands-on course will provide the student with an opportunity to operate blasthole drilling equipment in an off-campus active quarry. Safe work habits, equipment, organization, documentation, and effective communication skills will be exercised and stressed.

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